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  • January 29, 2010

    Merwin: Are Some Electronics Unfair to Fish?

    By John Merwin

    Two major brands of marine-electronic devices are at each other’s throats this week as Humminbird (Johnson Outdoors) filed a federal lawsuit against Lowrance (Navico) alleging patent infringement. At issue is a patent--granted to Humminbird this week--regarding Humminbird’s side-imaging sonar.

  • January 28, 2010

    Cermele: Art Projects for Anglers

    By Joe Cermele

    If you live in an area where winter generally means slow fishing, there's a good chance you assuage your cabin fever by dreaming up plans for next season. Some may be as simple as new lures you intend to try. Others might be as complex as new rigging styles you think will work on your home waters. You may even try building a boat. By this time of year, I've got a laundry list of schemes ready for spring, but some of them aren't exactly tactical.

  • January 27, 2010

    Merwin: Want a Boat? Build Your Own

    By John Merwin

    Speaking of winter projects, have you ever considered building your own boat? I thought about that for a long time, researching boat plans on the Internet and measuring my basement door to see if what I might build would fit through it.

    My wife was terrified, wondering if some huge project would linger for years unfinished. Then I got lucky and found the home-made skiff shown here. The guy who made it in his garage soon decided he wanted a bigger boat. So I was able to buy this boat very inexpensively (partly because the resale value of owner-built boats is typically very low).

  • January 26, 2010

    Retro Caption Contest: The Trophy Dolphin

    By Joe Cermele

    Sorry to riff off the Fly Talk blog, but I came across this photo and it was too good to pass up. If I'm not mistaken, it originally ran in a 1912 issue of Field & Stream. And yes, that's a big old porpoise (a.k.a. "Flipper" if you want to make it cute), hanging on a Naples, Florida, dock like a marlin or tuna. Oh my, how things have changed.

  • January 25, 2010

    Merwin: Making Jet Skis Less Obnoxious

    By John Merwin

    Mostly I hate jet skis, those fast and noisy personal watercraft often driven by obnoxious kids whose idea of a good time is harassing fishermen or generally tearing up a quiet lake. When I was in my late teens I might actually have enjoyed using one if they had existed back then. But not now.

  • January 22, 2010

    Merwin: Cape Cod Great White Travels to Jacksonville

    By John Merwin

    As we reported last September, biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MDMF) were able to tag 5 great white sharks along Monomoy Island on Cape Cod’s southeastern shore. Now 4 months later one of those satellite-transmitting tags has popped up about 50 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida.

  • January 21, 2010

    Merwin: Even Birds Use Bread for Bait

    By John Merwin

    This is not a report from the SHOT show. That’s because as Field & Stream’s fishing columnist, I only do “wet” work and am therefore not thrown into the claustrophobic madness of a trade show devoted to hunting and firearms. So don’t pay the ransom. I’ve escaped. Meanwhile, and on the angling side, I just encountered this video of what appears to be a small heron actually fishing with bait. A little green heron, perhaps? Maybe some birders out there can help with identification.

  • January 20, 2010

    Cermele: The Latest in Fishing Blades

    By Joe Cermele

    As you might imagine, I find myself a little more at home at the ICAST fishing industry show, but here I am with the rest of my team walking the SHOT Show floor in Las Vegas. Since I've been here I've lovingly caressed many a fine rifle, and even shot a few rounds of trap (I'm acutally not bad. I can do more than cast). But I've always got an eye out for fishy wares. Last year I reported on some cammo rods. This year I decided to visit the booth of each knife manufacturer to see what blades coming out in 2010 would pique angler interest.

  • January 19, 2010

    Cermele: Hardcore South Korean Ice Fishing Video

    By Joe Cermele

    If you stop and think about it, many common American angling practices have been borrowed from other countries. Fly fishing has its origin in England. Many lures for muskie were copied from designs used by European pike anglers. Some of the most universal marlin tactics were derived from Australian methods. But now I say it's time we adopt the South Korean ice fishing strategy.

    To be honest, I didn't even know it got cold enough to freeze massive bodies of water in South Korea. Not only was I mistaken, but people flock to the annual South Korean Ice Fishing Festival in numbers greater than Minnesota's Eelpout Festival.

  • January 18, 2010

    Merwin: Striped Bass Are Gamefish

    By John Merwin

    The byzantine politics of coastal striped-bass management took another turn last week as a Massachusetts state legislative committee held a hearing on a bill that could end commercial striper fishing in that state. Making striped bass solely a gamefish might seem like a no-brainer to inland readers especially, where there are no commercial fisheries for species such as largemouth bass or trout.

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